Laurianne's Hope

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Breaking The Cancer Code: CBS News

Imagine if one day you could treat cancer, without having your whole body feel sick. Research is being done to do just that. I think it would be promising for lung cancer patients, because of how delicate it is to work on the lungs, and how difficult (almost impossible) it is to remove a tumor.

This video was originally aired on October 13, 2006.


Lung Cancer AwarenessPosted by Lynda (Laurianne's Sister) :: 9:52 AM :: 1 people are more aware
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Monday, November 27, 2006

Worldwide Candle Lighting

Light a Candle Day
Sunday, December 10
7:00PM

This is put on every year by The Compassionate Friends. This is worldwide, at 7 PM in your time zone light your candle for 1 hour. It's in memory of all children who have died, at any age and from any cause. It's a 24 hour sweep of the world. I know it is a busy time for everybody but I'm hope you're able to join us.


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Friday, November 24, 2006

A Day Late and a Dollar Short

We hope you and your family had a happy Thanksgiving, and have a safe and healthy holiday season.

Lynda, Henry and family


Lung Cancer AwarenessPosted by Lynda (Laurianne's Sister) :: 6:55 PM :: 0 people are more aware
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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

13th month anniversary

We remember Laurianne's today as it has been 13 month since her passing. It looks like a long time to me since we remembered her one year passing last month and went to the beach and everything. At the beginning of the holiday season we will take some time to reflect on her life. I feel very sad but fortunate to have had such a special child in my life even for such a short period of time . We are also fortunate to be able to enjoy and raise Calem . Her spirit lives through him and everyday we see things in him what we saw in Laurianne. We pray for good health so we can raise him into adult hood. I also hope that during this difficult season you can take a little time and think about Laurianne and all the other people who lost their live to this terrible disease. We are burning a candle tonight as we have been doing every month.

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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Death of sister-in-law brings thoughts of mortality

Here is an article about Lynne White, and her battle with non-smoking related lung cancer. It was written by her sister-in-law Sue White.


Death of sister-in-law brings thoughts of mortality
The Saginaw News
Tuesday, September 19, 2006


The other day, I drove by the frosty green house on Cass where we spent many hours visiting my sister-in-law Lynne and her family.

The memory of one afternoon comes back so vividly, I almost can smell the brownies baking in the oven. We got there in time to watch her spread the batter, and then sat around the kitchen table while it cooked.

By the time the knife came out clean, even the kids had wandered down from the big playroom upstairs, waiting for a bite. And we now know that leaving the sugar out doesn't affect anything but the taste -- and that taste is gosh-awful, no matter how good they look and smell.

Memories keep Lynne alive. Death took her too early.

At the dinner following Lynne's memorial service earlier this month, her children invited people to come up and tell their favorite stories. But beyond a rousing toast, most of us quietly shared our memories.

Since then, well, it's interesting how the whole idea of your own mortality works its way around. This is something that happens to our parents' generation. She was only 55, she didn't smoke, where are the guarantees?

We know the answer.

Conversations drift to the past; a simple comment about the weather goes back to "Remember the time we drove up Mount Washington ..."

Trips put off for one reason or another now find their way into being, as if we're making up for lost time. We see old friends, and hug and stare as if we're trying to memorize their faces for all time.

Lesser worries take a back seat now, but ones that carry any risk, such as my grandson Alex's upcoming eye surgery, leap into overdrive, creating worst-case scenarios.

You start looking around and wondering who's next? Maybe it's time to tackle that basement, sort through the boxes, see what the kids want to keep when you're not there anymore to tell them why a three-legged milking stool has a plaque with your name on it.

Lynne and I didn't stay close after her brother and I divorced, but our lives once were tightly entwined. Back when my parents wouldn't allow me to go on car dates with my steady boyfriend -- imagine that! -- she drove us to proms and movies and the mall.

Lynne was my matron of honor, not terribly long after her own wedding. Her son Josh was born a few months before my Nicole. Her Jonathan came along less than a year before my Jennifer, and Jill was born just months before my Brian.

She was Nicole's godmother, and Jennifer's namesake -- Jennifer Lynne.

Maybe I should have taken better notice when she divorced, because it wasn't much longer before I was treading that path, too.

Maybe I shouldn't put that basement off for too long, either.

Lynne leaves a great legacy -- paintings, a children's book about her beloved Pogo, and three beautiful children who would make her very proud of the way they've stepped forward in these difficult times.

None of this seems real, and all too real at the same time. And until my time comes, I'm determined to make this a life that counts. v

Lynne is sorely missed, says News Staff Writer Sue White.

Lung Cancer AwarenessPosted by Lynda (Laurianne's Sister) :: 4:01 AM :: 0 people are more aware
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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

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November is Lung Cancer Awareness month. Many people know October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Not quite as many know Novemer is Lung Cancer Awareness month. Before Nancy Brinker (Susan Komen's sister, Founder of the Susan B. Komen Foundation) started spreading the word about breast cancer, it was not as survivable a disease. Now you can buy products in the store that will support a breast cancer cause.

Like Nancy, one of the ways we can share the word about lung cancer is to tell people about it. Right now, the disease is only 5% survivable. It doesn't matter if you smoked all your life or never picked up a cigarette. That is a very low and scary number. One day, I hope to see lung cancer as being 80% survivable, like breast cancer. Please consider adding this code to your side bar. If you do not want the image center aligned, just removed the
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